Let me first say I really appreciate how the difficulty has been bumped up a notch from the start, over Vanilla Pso2, however I must point out one little flaw that could turn off new players who havent played the original.

Story missions such as the one to kill Nex Aelio in the forest are tough enough to kill a fresh noob a few times, yet the NPCs you go with will never revive you.

I would suggest allowing up to 5 revives at the hands of allied mission NPCs in story quests, not everyone has an endless supply of those uh revive doll things, those are mostly a cash shop item so far in NGS.